The Uru-Murato People’s Disappearing Home

The New York Times has an awesome article with beautiful photos and videos about how climate change caused a lake to rapidly disappear in Bolivia, ending the traditional culture and way of life of an indigenous people that lived on its shores:

After surviving decades of water diversion and cyclical El Niño droughts in the Andes, Lake Poopó basically disappeared in December. The ripple effects go beyond the loss of livelihood for the Quispes and hundreds of other fishing families, beyond the migration of people forced to leave homes that are no longer viable.

The vanishing of Lake Poopó threatens the very identity of the Uru-Murato people, the oldest indigenous group in the area. They adapted over generations to the conquests of the Inca and the Spanish, but seem unable to adjust to the abrupt upheaval climate change has caused.

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The Uru-Murato People’s Disappearing Home

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